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2021 Kia Seltos — Adventurous Urban Warrior

The new Kia Seltos is a five-seater subcompact SUV that is larger than the Soul but smaller than the Sportage.Seltos is only 0.5 inches longer than Kia
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I think the little new Seltos will be a big splash. The outside is compact, but the inside is spacious. It’s the perfect size for city maneuvers, while still inside large enough for a trip to dinner with another couple. Perhaps the most important is Seltos. It is different from other vehicles in this segment (Toyota).

C-HR and Nissan

Kick comes to mind) — Available in all-wheel drive, emphasizing its adventurous spirit. Although more of an urban warrior than a rock crawling SUV, the Seltos has a minimum ground clearance of 7.2 inches and the AWD model comes with a rocking center diff for when the road is muddy.

Kia Seltos


In many respects, the 2021 Seltos is reminiscent of the company’s popular big three-row SUV, the Junior Telluride. It’s well-made, handsome, and the interior feels a class or two above what Seltos’ $ 21,190 starting price might suggest.

Other benefits include two efficient powertrains (naturally aspirated 2.0 liters (146 hp) or turbocharged 1.6 liters (175 hp)) and standard AWD on all models except the S ($ 1,500 option). There is a choice of. It’s also affordable — the latest features such as the turbocharged AWD Seltos, 10.25-inch touch screen, and adaptive cruise control start at less than $ 28,000.

The base Sertos LX does not have automatic emergency braking, but other versions from S to SX Turbo do have automatic braking and work well. There is also Lane Keep Assist. Unlike some systems where the steering wheel feels pulled from the hand, the Seltos lane keeping assistance system uses a gentle steering correction that does not surprise the driver.

What’s New?

The Kia Seltos are the new 2021 subcompact SUVs.

What we like
  • Choice of two engines

  • AWD available on all models except one

  • Excellent safety suite on most models

  • Adult-friendly backseat

  • Excellent guarantee

What we are not doing
  • LX model does not have a safety suite

  • More expensive than Hyundai Kona or Nissan Kicks

Salmon roe?

$ 21,990 to $ 27,890

Fuel economy

The 2021 Kia Seltos are available with a choice of powertrains. Equipped with a 146-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission, the Seltos is rated by the EPA as 29 miles per gallon in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg in compound driving. The same Seltos with AWD isn’t very efficient, but the combined mileage figures for 27mpg cities / 31mpg highways / 29mpg are still good.

A sportier engine, a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with a 175-horsepower turbocharger, is standard on the Seltos S and SX turbos. Equipped with standard AWD and dual clutch automatic transmission, these turbo models are rated by the EPA for a total of 25mpg city / 30mpg highway / 27mpg.

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For comparison, the Nissan Kicks, available only with a 1.6-liter engine and front-wheel drive, is rated at a total of 31mpg City / 36mpg Highway / 33mpg. FWD Hyundai Kona with turbo 1.6 liter engine with 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission is evaluated with a total of 28mpg city / 32mpg highway / 30mpg, AWD version offers 26mpg city / 29mpg hwy / 27mpg combination .. 2.0 liter Kona gets 27mpg City / 33mpg Highway / 30mpg in combination with FWD and 26mpg City / 30mpg Highway / 28mpg in combination with AWD.

Standard features and options

The 2021 Seltos is available in five grades: LX, S, EX, S Turbo and SX Turbo. AWD is standard on all Sertos models except the S. The S has an option of $ 1,500 and is grouped with a heated front seat.

Interestingly, the Seltos LX and Seltos S each start at $ 21,190 and have an additional $ 1,120 destination fee.The· Seltos LX Equipped with 2.0-liter engine, CVT and AWD as standard equipment. With a black grille, the LX also features an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry, and 17-inch alloy wheels. However, there is no automatic emergency brake.

If you need that important safety technology, Seltos S that’s all. In addition to automatic emergency braking, the S-Trim has lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, and driver attention monitors. Other notable Sertos S hardware features include roof rails, LED daytime running lights, a sliding center console armrest, and a leather steering wheel.

The· Seltos EX ($ 25,290), Top 2.0 liter model with AWD push button start, power driver’s seat, sunroof, synthetic leather interior trim, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, wirelessly improve content level Phone charger , Rear air duct, front and rear USB charging ports.

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next Seltos S Turbo ($ 25,490) and Seltos SX Turbo ($ 27,890), two AWD models with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Seltos S Turbo is equipped in much the same way as the EX, but with 18-inch alloy wheels. The Seltos SX Turbo features adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, electronic parking brake, 8-speaker Bose audio system, voice command navigation, 10.25-inch touch screen, XM satellite radio, and Kia’s highway driving assistance. .. When cruise control is enabled, highway driving assistance allows Seltos to adjust speed based on the vehicle in front and the speed limit posted.

The Sertos model with AWD has a multi-link independent suspension rear suspension, and the FWD model has a semi-independent torsion beam rear axle. Also noteworthy: The attractive two-tone roof is a free option for S, S turbo and SX turbo trim. All Sertos models come with an excellent warranty that provides 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection.


With the exception of the entry-level LX, all 2021 Kia Seltos models are equipped with an impressive standard safety suite that includes automatic emergency braking. This is a potential life-saving device that warns the driver that a collision is imminent and automatically applies full braking pressure when needed to prevent or mitigate the impact of a collision with a vehicle or pedestrian.

In addition, all standards except the base Seltos LX have lane keeping assistance that warns the driver when the SUV is out of lane. If the driver does not respond, the system will automatically make the necessary steering corrections to improve the situation.

Beyond EX Trim, the 2021 Kia Seltos has one of our favorite safety advances. It is a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alerts. When changing lanes, the system tells the driver if there is a vehicle in the blind spot of Seltos. It also informs the driver if there is an intersection problem, for example, when backing out of a parking stall. grocery store.

The entry-level Seltos LX does not have automatic emergency braking, but it still has a significant portion of safety technology. It includes six standard airbags, a rollover sensor, and a hill start assist to prevent Seltos from rolling backwards on the hill when the brakes are applied for 1.5 seconds.

Behind the wheel

Seltos has the look and feel of a premium SUV. Blessed with a sturdy structure with a sense of security, the box-shaped form contributes to an excellent interior space and a spacious luggage compartment area. The turbocharged 1.6-liter engine (the same power plant used in Hyundai Kona) provides an excellent blend of power and economy.

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Like Kona, Turbo Celtos is fast, and its AWD powertrain benefits from a torque vectoring system that improves traction when accelerating from corners. The center console has a push button that locks the center differential to help Seltos keep moving through slippery mud and mud.

The turbocharged Celtos model is equipped with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. If the parking lot is slow, the gearbox is sometimes inconclusive, but most of the shifts are smooth and timely.

The standard Kia Seltos 2.0-liter engine completes work smoothly and is significantly more responsive when used in Sport mode. The 2.0-liter engine is combined with a CVT that simulates the shift of a traditional automatic transmission.

In the city and on public roads, the 2021 Seltos offers a solid but comfortable ride, with no road, wind or engine noise, making this small Kia SUV especially suitable for long-distance road trips. This Korean crossover SUV is smaller than Sportage, Sorrento Telluride’s brother, the compact new Seltos, is a charmer that has won its place in Kia’s striking lineup of ever-improving SUVs.

Other cars to consider

2020 Honda HR-V — Although a bit longer, the Honda HR-V continues to impress us with its simple everyday manners and extremely spacious rear seats.

2020 Nissan Kicks — Affordable Nissan Kicks has a vibrant spirit, plenty of cargo compartments and excellent fuel economy, but it is only available in front-wheel drive.

2020 Hyundai Kona — Even the base Hyundai Kona has automatic emergency braking, but the rear seats are cramped compared to those of Seltos.

Used Toyota RAV4— The RAV4 is larger than the Seltos, but serves almost the same purpose. A used Toyota RAV4 with less than 30,000 miles can be purchased for about $ 20,000, depending on the version you get. Given Toyota’s well-known reliability, used cars may make sense here. However, Kia’s 100,000 mile powertrain warranty is not available.

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Auto trader advice

The all-new Kia Seltos is a spacious, attractive and fuel-efficient subcompact SUV that is ready for proven players such as the Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR. We recommend skipping the entry-level KiaSeltos LX, the only model without automatic emergency braking, and choosing the Seltos S or higher. These Sertos models have an impressive safety suite that includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, and driver attention monitors. And like all Kia cars, each comes with an excellent 10-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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